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Engineering, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Public Accountability

Engineers are key actors who shape the contours of relationships and conflicts between corporations and their publics. This project has two integrated components. First, it ethnographically examines how CSR in the mining and oil and gas industries shaped and was shaped by engineers, which raises crucial questions about how engineers experience and navigate corporate employment. We then use those ethnographic insights to enrich undergraduate engineering curricula at resource engineering programs at four different US universities and study how our teaching influences students' knowledge and attitudes about CSR and their future engineering careers.

Collaborators: L. Battalora, C. McClelland, G. Rulifson, E. Sarver, N. Smith
Funding: National Science Foundation Grant 1540298 (PI J Smith)